Lynn Turner uses the new resources to help them stay fit.

Lynn Turner uses the new resources to help them stay fit.

Removing barriers to fitness

Local group gets funding to add accessible options to Rec. Centre.

This year Spinal Cord Injury – BC’s local Peer Group were the recipients of a grant through the Quesnel Community Foundation for a program that is introducing people with SCI and related disabilities who live in and around Quesnel, to the accessible fitness resources that are available to them; and to offer them the opportunity to try out these resources in a supportive environment.

When living with a spinal cord injury, physical fitness becomes important not only for maintaining good health, but also for increasing the ability to live independently.

Further, cost can be a significant barrier to people with spinal cord injuries. The program has removed barriers and is helping to improve the lives of people from the Quesnel community who are living with spinal cord injuries.

Alison Duddy and Lynn Turner are Volunteer Peer Coordinators with SCI-BC and work regularly with the group of Quesnel Peers who have SCI and related disabilities. Duddy and Turner, together with all the Peers, would like to extend their sincere thanks to the Quesnel Community Foundation for the grant, as well as the Quesnel & District Arts & Recreation Centre for their collaboration which has enabled them to offer access to fitness to their members.